Being a fifth child and the only girl meant not fitting in nor having a ride buddy at Disneyland. I was the odd one out and I promised myself that when I had children, I would have two or four but not an odd number, (I did end up having only two–but they ended up being odd none-the-less. I guess the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree after all... ).
If you were to meet my siblings, it’s hard to tell that we’re even related. We’ve often said ‘same dad–different moods’ when people stare at us in confusion. It’s not just about how we look; our personalities are varied as well. Yet there are times when we are together when I do see and hear mannerisms and quirks that are absolutely inherited. It seems as much as I’d like to think I’m adopted sometimes, the facts say otherwise.
We get on each others' nerves. We often call each other to complain about the latest harebrained idea or frustrating thing the other one said or did. Other times we don’t call each other for months, not because we’re mad, just because we don’t bother.
Yes, we may not always like each other, but we sure do all love each other. And thankfully we all love the Lord too.
Just like in our biological families, there are brothers and sisters in our churches that tend to irk us and rub us the wrong way as well. But we need to realize that although we may not share the same genetic DNA, we are joint heirs with Jesus and all part of the family of God:
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen—(1 John 4:20, ESV).
Just like we've learned to see past the irritations of our earthly siblings to see into their hearts, we also must do the same for His children. We may not always agree or like the things others say or do, but we had better truly love each other–or be counted as liars.
Father, forgive us for fighting and back-biting each other. Help us to see your heart and spirit in the lives of our brothers and sisters, showing them the same grace and mercy you’ve given to us, Amen.
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